Monday, December 9, 2013

El Escorial Palace

The El Escorial Palace, also known as Escorial, is located northwest of Madrid, Spain.  This palace is one of the historical Spanish royal sites and has many functions.  Within the palace, there is a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school.  The Escorial was originally for the Hieronymite monks, but is now a monastery for the Order of St. Augustine.  The Escorial was designed by Juan Bautista de Toledo.  Juan Bautista de Toledo spent the majority of his architecture career working in Rome.

The Escorial is located at the foot of mt. Abantos in Sierra de Guadarrama.  This is an odd location, but was chosen none the less by King Philip II of Spain.  The building began being constructed in 1563.  When Juan Bautista de Toledo died in 1567, King Philip II appointed Juan de Herrera to help finish it.  The building was finally completed in 1584.
Vista aerea del Monasterio de El Escorial.jpg
El Escorial
First Floor plan

No comments:

Post a Comment